MSI 975X Platinum V.2 PowerUp Ed. - Test Setup and Initial Testing

Article Index
MSI 975X Platinum V.2 PowerUp Ed.
Up Close and Board Features
975X Platinum BIOS Screenshots
Test Setup and Initial Testing
Overclocking and Software Applications
Synthetic Benchmarks - SiSoft and More
Real-World Apps and More
Game Tests and Conclusion

Test Setup:

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we've got a pretty decent test system.  Take a look at the hardware below.

We used the following applications and games to benchmark the 975X Platinum board against the MSI 965P Neo-F and the Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 board.

BCCHardware Testing Information
   
CPU: Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 2.4GHz
   
Motherboards:

MSI 965P Neo-F
Stock Clock - 9x 266MHz - Memory DDR2-800 @ 4-4-4-12
OverClock - 9x 296MHz = 2.66GHz - Memory DDR2-880 @ 5-5-5-15

Gigabyte 965P-DQ6
Stock Clock - 9x 266MHz - Memory DDR2-800 @ 4-4-4-12
OverClock - 7x 445MHz = 3.11GHz - Memory DDR2-890 @ 5-5-5-15

MSI 975X Platinum v.2 PowerUp Edition
Stock Clock - 9x 266MHz - Memory DDR2-800 @ 4-4-4-12
OverClock - 9x 356MHz = 3.20GHz - Memory DDR2-892 @ 5-5-5-15

   
3DMark Series:

3DMark 2003 - Default Resolution of 1024x768 No AA or AF
3DMark 2005 - Default Resolution of 1024x768 No AA or AF
3DMark 2006 - Default Resolution of 1280x1024 No AA or AF

   
Battlefield 2142: Med. Detail - 1280x960 - Med Quality Texture - 2x AA, 8x AF
   
F.E.A.R. Med. Detail - 1280x960 - Med Quality Texture - 2x AA, 8x AF
   
G.R.A.W.
(no soft shadows)
Med. Detail - 1280x960 - Med Quality Texture - 2x AA, 8x AF
   
Oblivion: Low Detail - 1024x768 - HDR, Distant All - No AA or AF
   
Prey: High Quality - 1600x1200 - High Quality Texture - 4x AA, 16x AF
   
SiSoft Sandra 2007: CPU Arithmetic, CPU Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth
   
CovertX to DVD: Ver. 2.0.15.136 - 97 Minute DivX
   
dbPowerAMP: WAV - MP3 = 196kbit CBR, MP3 - OGG = SSE2 Quality 10, OGG - WAV
   
DivX 6.2.1 Home Theatre Profile, no resize or filter.
   
Quicktime Pro 7: H.264, no resize, Best Quality, Double Pass, Keyframe = 24
   
PhotoShop CS2: PS CS2 v. 9.0.2 - DriverHeaven Benchmark
   
Ultima Online: Custom Server Script Requires .NET 2.0


 

Network & Audio:

We used RightMark Audio Analyzer to see how good the High Definition Audio is on this board.  The results are pretty normal for an integrated audio solution.  The quality on this board is slightly better than on the Gigabyte 965P-DQ6, but no so much as you'd even notice with subjective listening tests.

RightMark Audio Analyser
 RightMark Audio Analyser

As far as networking performance goes, the 975X Plantinum's Gigabit network is once again, pretty average.  It manages decent throughput, but not as good as the MSI K9N Platinum board.  Below is a chart showing the throughput and CPU usage when running iPerf.

Net Speed
Throughput
Efficiency
CPU Load
100Mb/Sec
94.5
94.5%
8%
1000Mb/Sec
391
39.1%
13%

On the next page we'll take a look at overclocking, and some software before we jump into benchmarking.